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River Oak center for children PROVEN PROGRAMS, SOUND DELIVERY, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES crisis intervention programs that help build strong families with a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect. River Oak Center for Children helps children and youth who need support, coaching and treatment to thrive in school, at home and in the community. Through innovative and evidence-based programs, River Oak strengthens children, youth and families to manage life’s challenges and achieve their full potential. “For more than 50 years, River Oak has provided behavioral health services to children, youth and families in the greater Sacramento area. We currently serve more than 1,100 children and youth at any given time,” notes Clothier. As former River Oak Board President Larry Allbaugh says, “There is no doubt in my mind at all that a dollar that you give to the River Oak organization is multiplied many times over with a bunch of effective people doing incredible work.” R iver Oak Center for Children celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, and this year celebrates a new location for its Birth & Beyond Family Resource Center (FRC). Now situated at the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative in South Oak Park, the FRC continues its life-changing programs in the heart of an area that greatly benefits from those programs. From 2015 to 2016, the FRC served nearly 500 families, almost 120 more than the previous year, and with the new space and updated facilities, will serve even more. “This move to the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative is especially exciting as April is Child Abuse Prevention Month,” notes Laurie Clothier, CEO. River Oak’s FRC offers home visitation, parenting workshops, school readiness, and PROFILE SPONSORED BY RIVEROAK.ORG | FACEBOOK.COM/RIVEROAKCENTER comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 119